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Derrick Akins - Drums
Derrick was born and raised in Adel, Georgia, and started playing drums at the tender age of 5 at his Father’s home church. By Middle School, Derrick’s drumming career was realized as he started to play with local church bands throughout Georgia. After this exposure, and while in High School, he started touring with a band during the summer months. As an adult, he grew in notoriety and began playing for the likes of Bishop Paul S. Morton of New Orleans, Bishop TD Jakes of Texas, and Byron Cage of Atlanta. In addition, Derrick toured with a band in Germany for 5 years while working with Government on Ramstein Air Force Base. In 2015, Derrick relocated to Pennsylvania where he played for a local church and was invited in 2016 to play in Washington, DC, for a Presidential Event alongside Lance Wallnau and Hedi Baker. Derrick has always been known as a pioneer when it comes to playing different genres of music….and music is his passion. Derrick’s favorite drummers are Carter Beauford, Neil Peart, John Bonham, Buddy Rich, Ringo Starr and Lars Ulrich (just to name a few). Derrick joined Block Party Band in January, 2018, and he is having a blast playing with these talented musicans! .
Randy Stout - Rhythm guitar and back-up
Randy hails from Berks County....born and raised....and has been
in 2 prominent bands for the past 25 years. But for the past 15 years,
he's played rhythm guitar and managed his band, Vertigo Vibe, playing steadily
throughout 8 PA counties since 2003. Always a rhythm guitar player, Randy
joined Block Party in January, 2018, because of the lure of Krista's vocals and
the breadth of music she suggested. Since there are few bands who's
repertoire will span 7 decades and include so many different genres, he knew
this band had something special to offer and believed he could help Krista
fulfill her dream. Once he met the other musicians she picked at that
first mid-January practice, he knew this was the band for him. It is
truly an honor to be playing with such professional and talented musicians as Krista has assembled.
Krista Jakubik - Lead vocals,
keyboards, and hand clapping
Krista was born and raised in Hummelstown and, besides being an
incredible singer, is a wife and mother of three grown children and enjoys
taking care of her grandson, Jackson, and writing. She's had a book, “An Orchid for Sarah Grace”, published in
September 2014. Although a teacher by trade, music has always been a
very important part of her life. She has been singing for over 55
years; and one of her dreams was to sing in a band. That dream
became a reality in June. 2014, when she joined a band called The Bentley’s.
There Krista was given the opportunity, help and support she needed to get
started in the music business. But that was only the
beginning. Continuing with her dream, Krista then joined and sang
with Reminisce, an Oldies/Motown band. Her band experience was growing and it
was all very exciting; but her ultimate goal was to have a band of her own.
She set off on that journey in November, 2017, with nothing more than a vision
and a small CraigsList ad. By the
end of January 2018, she had selected and gathered a team of talented and
well-seasoned musicians, and Krista’s dream was fulfilled....the BLOCK
PARTY BAND was born. While she feels privileged and humbled to be a
part of such a wonderful team, it is only because of her that we are all
together. Krista provides the lead and background vocals and keyboards
for BLOCK PARTY; but also adds background vocals, tambourine, wood blocks,
hand-clapping and anything else she can add to the mix (did someone say "more cowbell"?). And in her free
time, Krista is also one of the Hershey Bears hockey team National Anthem
singers and auditioned for America’s Got Talent. She’s
looking forward to the next chapter in her life.
Let the BLOCK PARTY begin!
Dave Wright - Bass
Dave has extensive professional gigging and touring experience,
traveling with Disney World Cruise Ship (playing big band and Caribbean music),
Rocco Sisters Show Band, MacArthur Park Show Band and the nationally recognized
show group, The Platters. Between 1985 – 1995, Dave worked on a regular
basis with the Carl Granieri Orchestras, playing for many headline performers
and high-profile events, covering all styles of music (Country, Disco, Techno,
Oldies, Reggae, etc.). He’s played political events for President Clinton
and VP Al Gore as well as for NJ Governors James Fiorino and Christine Todd
Whitman. He’s also played private parties for well-known stars like Bob
Hope, Jerry Lewis, Jerry Vale, Connie Stevens, the Spinners, Al Martino, and
others. Whether playing in a high energy Dixieland/Jazz Showband
performing daily in New Orleans Square or touring with an Oldies Rock Showband,
Dave brings a presence fullness to BLOCK PARTY. With such a great feel
and an exceptional ear, it is a true honor to have him be part of our ensemble.
Mike Luckenbill - Lead guitar and lead vocals
Michael was born and raised in
Lancaster County. As a teenager and young adult, he provided guitar and vocals
to various local bands from Philadelphia to Harrisburg. In the
mid-1980's he relocated to Southern California and performed in venues in
Bakersfield, San Diego, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas. After retiring
from his day job as a school principal, Michael returned to his Pennsylvania
roots in 2013 to continue singing and playing guitar. He loves
performing all styles of music, but his favorites are oldies and classic
rock. If ever you have a "special request", just ask
Mike....whether it's a Polka, something on the Amish Top 40, an Italian love
song, a Latin standard, or even a TV Theme Song...we're sure Mike will know it
and can probably play it.